Chapter 5, Part 8.
Over the month of November 2017, Flight Club will be bringing you “30 Turkeys in 30 days.” Each day, we will post a review of a different Wild Turkey product. Throughout that journey, we will provide you with background information on the company, the products and the people behind the products, all of which we hope create a better understanding of what Wild Turkey brings to the world of bourbon. A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.
Over the past few days we have brought to you a series of different Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel bottlings. Today, we shift over to the 10 year bottle that started the Russell’s Line. This bottle was picked up locally about a year ago by Stephen Netherton, and dates back to 2007. That date is important, because it would have gone in the barrel at 107 proof versus the current 115 proof.
Nose: Not strong, but with a richness to the caramel and oak notes; familiar dusty oak scent; light butterscotch; dried apricot; herbal/mint; tea; almond. (3/5)
Palate: Initial kick of rye spice; light butterscotch; butter; faint brown sugar; light caramel; almond. (3/5)
Finish: Medium-long. Lingering pepper rye and dusty oak; almond butter; allspice; black licorice. (2.5/5)
Overall: This Russell’s Reserve 10 Year (2007) has enough complexity with the bouquet of delicate favors and decent finish that we feel satisfied. But when we first saw this bottle, we were more optimistic that it would be vintage turkey. This didn’t get there for us. (3/5)
Value: Purchased for $27.99. For a 10 year bourbon, that is a good price, but this didn’t have a lot of wow to it even for that price. (3/5)
“When we first saw this bottle, we were more optimistic that it would be vintage turkey. This didn’t get there for us.”